Opinion: Subsidise my kidney

by Okechukwu Ofili

Its 2012, you just came back from the Christmas holidays in the abroad.

You go in to visit the doctor to review your medical results from last years routine check up.

But it’s bad news.

The doctor tell’s you that you need to remove one of your kidney’s because its cancerous and spreading.

In fact the cancer has literally ballooned over the past years.

But you tell him that you won’t remove it, because you don’t trust him.

You believe that he will try and sell it illegally on the black market. Also the medical student standing behind the doctor cannot see the cancer in the x-ray films, to him the cancer does not exist.

Besides you will rather have 2 functioning kidneys regulating your blood versus just one. I mean why should your blood not get the luxury of dual regulation.

Its your right, after all you own your kidney.

But then 4 years later, the cancer has spread to both your kidneys.

Things are much worse, you are getting weaker and can barely move. Your blood waste levels are rising higher and higher.

Your new doctor (ex-medical student turned doctor) says you now need to remove both kidneys and go on a dialysis machine or you may will die.

But there is good news.

Hopefully within 2-3 years you should be able to get a replacement kidney from China, you just have to manage the suffering and pain for a few years.

You allow him perform the surgery. So they yank out both kidneys.

Its okay, after all you don’t need your kidneys anymore, the cancer has screwed them all up, removing them won’t make a difference you theorize.

So with both your kidneys ripped out … you can barely function, you are tired and breathless, you breath smells like ammonia and shit mixed together.

But with your very last energy you turn to your new doctor the very same one, that 4 years ago did not believe the cancer existed, thanking him for the courageous decision to pull out your 2 kidneys.

But then the light goes out, you are alone in the dark and that’s when a sudden realization hits you.

If you had removed your single cancerous kidney 4 years ago you will not have to be strapped to a machine and you will not need to wait 2-3 years for a transplant from China.

But your pride, your pride would never allow you admit your mistake. #KidneySubsidy

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